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SALs and Queen Lily May 6, 2011

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A quick update on the two SALs I am doing, firstly Masquerade. As I went to Swansea for a family visit on Sunday I missed out on stitching so this is my progress as at 24 April. Still waiting to see Sandra’s progress!!! – BUT I did get to see her new craft room – absolutely stunning, the pictures don’t really do it justice – it really is fabulous and she already done some beautiful quilting which I am sure she will share with you soon

Even though I have been religiously stitching each Thursday on this SAL last week I didn’t get around to taking a pic so this is a combination of weeks three and four. I am using some old thread for the gray cat and he’s looking a little tabby!

And Queen Lily finally framed. I’ve used Ian’s camera to try and take a better pic but I must say it looks much better in real life but at least it is now hanging on the wall in a room I use during the daytime so it almost feels like Lily is back home

….and here is the real Lily – can you see the resemblance??

Whilst collecting Queen Lily from the Nimble Thimble I picked up a few charts which were on sale (I’ll post these another time). Ian thought this one looked very much like Lily’s brother Alfie so I am thinking of stitching this to go alongside Queen Lily. The only think that is putting me off is that there is a huge block of stitching in 310 on the right hand side – YUK!!!!

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Summer days April 21, 2011

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This week I have been starting work at 9.30 am and as a result I have had a few hours free in the afternoons to put in some stitches. Time seems to just fly by and already it is the weekend, even though I don’t work on a Monday or Friday this weekend actually feels like a holiday, maybe the fact that Ian will be home and that we have outings planned which I am looking forward to.

Part two of the In the Night SAL has been revealed – not so much to stitch this time but I like “not knowing” what is to be stitched next, it makes me feel I am participating in a group rather than just stitch along whenever where I get lazy and think “oh..next week” which often turns into months – my HAED being a prime example. Here is my update

I’ve put a few backstitches around the tail as per the chart but think it looks better without so may unpick them once I have finished the SAL.

I have actually got around to a new start, my first LHN design – Winter Whites which I am stitching on 32 count natural raw linen Zweigart – this fabric has a lovely feel to it – using a combination of threads from DMC, Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works. Not a great deal to show but I know this is going to stitch up very quickly.

And now for something I have been itching to try for a while. It is a small design from the Gift of Stitching Magazine Issue 46 called Christmas Snowfall a design From Historic Stitches. The fabric is 28 count Wichelt although I am not sure of the shade. I originally bought this with Bramble and the Rose in mind but then decided to use the waterlily shade. The beads I bought locally so have no idea what they are.

Close up

I initially started stitching the centrepiece but was going a little off course so stitched the outline first and I was having a little HD a few hours later. I am VERY pleased with the outcome it looks so pretty. I’m not sure how I am going to finish it – all I can say it will have a tassle – something I haven’t tried making before !!

Hope you have a Happy Easter, enjoy the lovely weather and eat loads of chocolate. Tomorrow I am collecting Queen Lily from the framers I can’t wait.

Masquerade SAL and other things April 1, 2011

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As usual it has been weeks since I have posted and my pic of our Sunday SAL covers weeks 3,4 and 5 and this Sunday should see me starting page 2. Hopefully Sandra will be able to get back to her stitching now she has finished her work and we can get back to posting our progress weekly. It’s been hard to stitch on this just once a week as it is a joy to stitch – I must do something about ordering a frame. I have still not had Queen Lily framed and it’s such a shame to see my stitching tucked away in my stash cabinet.

I’ve also had a birthday within the last few weeks and received a lovely surprise from Claire which was one of her own design book marks stitched in my favorite colours – it really is very pretty. If anyone would like to make one pay a visit to her blog where she has several charts which she will generously share for us to stitch and enjoy.

And having a birthday means….treating yourself 🙂 As I have very few stitching projects on the go at the moment it was the perfect time to try some new designs and these are a few I have chosen

Little House Needleworks The North Wind and Winter Whites and
Country Cotage Needleworks – Snowflake Serenade.

(Sandra if you are reading this did you have any Lakeside Linen Vintage Tundra in your stash?)

and of course some fabric (28 count Lambswool Linen – Wichelt) and threads (Crescent Colours Hand Dyed Floss, Gentle Art Sampler threads and Weeks Dye Works) ……..

The Winter Whites chart was bought from Lisa .. she has some lovely things for sale/swap and it’s well worth a peek here.

I’ve just realised today is a new month – perfect for a new start. I’ve have done very little stitching over the last few weeks – I don’t know where the time goes. I am determined to get a few hours stitching done this evening, then I can put up another post!!

On the topic of new starts I have decided to join in a SAL In the Night” by Jardin Privé which Claire mentions in her blog – I can never resist a cat design.

It is being run by her stitching friend Mamoure and starts on the 15th April so there is plenty of time if anyone wants to join in. I have already purchased the chart – downloadable pdf format was the easiest method for me – and have my fabric and threads sorted.

Oh I almost forgot…I did have a very small HD – another one of my Prairie Schoolar Snowy Nights ornaments – this time the little snowman. I managed to buy some green felt locally and once I buy a few other bits and pieces will try my first attempt at finishing the PS way. I think he’s cute…

And that’s about it..but before I end I’d just like to say a big “merci” to Claire for her encouragement and also to remind those participating in the TUSAL – the New Moon is Sunday 3rd April – also Mothering Sunday.

Thank you for taking the time to visit – have a good weekend 🙂